Across the road from the old tower house in Ardmayle, County Tipperary stands this handsome church dedicated to St John the Baptist, reputedly standing in a place of worship since the 12th century. In its present form, only the tower at the west end is part of the original building, although a window inserted into this looks late-medieval. According to Lewis, writing in 1837, the rest of the building was reconstructed 22 years earlier, thanks to a gift of £800 and a loan of a further £150 by the Board of First Fruits. Until 1987, St John’s was used for Church of Ireland services but was subsequently restored by the local heritage society and is now used for a variety of purposes.
Lovely to see a redundant old building finding a new life. Thanks for sharing.
I hop all readers of the Irish Aesthete are watching Robert’s amazing current new series on RTÉ .
Great to see a redundant old building put to good use!
Is the tower at the east end or west end?
Apologies, you’re right to ask, it’s at the west end (corrected accordingly).